Clerk remains jailed, deputies to issue licenses
A defiant county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples says she will not accept a compromise that would have let her out of jail.
Attorneys for gay couples had proposed that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis be let out of custody if she promised not to interfere with her deputies, but the clerk refused.
Five of the six deputies have told U.S. District Judge David Bunning that that they will issue the licenses, though some of them said they were reluctant to do so.
Deputy clerk Melissa Thompson told U.S. District Judge David Bunning that she doesn’t really want to, but she will comply with the law.
She wept and said: "I’m a preacher’s daughter, and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life."
And an attorney for deputy clerk Kristie Plank says she’s reluctant but will issues the licenses. The attorney cites Plank’s 11-year-old child and financial and family obligations, saying she can’t go to jail.
The lone holdout is Davis’ son. The judge says he won’t face any fine or jail time since the other deputies have agreed to issue the licenses.